If the most rewarding moments of a Mainly Mozart Festival concert can occur during the performance of music by other composers, Saturday’s (June 16) Mainly Mozart program made a great case for that possibility with Johannes Moser’s brilliant solo in Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Op. 33, and Stravinsky’s sparkling “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto.
One of the songs in School of Rock, currently running at the Civic Theatre, is somewhat ironically titled “Where Did the Rock Go?” Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber might have felt the same way about the composer before his latest hit opened on Broadway.
Living up to its reputation as a citadel of the avant-garde, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus under the direction of Steven Schick closed its 2017-18 season Sunday (June 10) with two substantial new works: Rand Steiger’s ”Template for Improvising Trumpeter and Orchestra” and Courtney Bryan’s “Yet Unheard,” as well as Gabriel Fauré’s endearing Requiem.
If you were unfortunate enough to see Broadway San DIego’s ‘Once’ in 2014, you might want to consider the recast at Lamb’s Players Theatre — Kerry Meads’ excellent direction makes all the difference as she mines an actual play.
Sunday’s Mainly Mozart concert under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis (June 10) featured the Festival Orchestra augmented by some 15 musicians from the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, a Piano Concerto commissioned by Mainly Mozart, and a post intermission session in which guest pianist Derek Paravacini took themes and requests from the audience on which he improvised.